Call the Ghostbusters because glow in the dark ice cream is officially a thing. We’re all used to weird and wonderful ice cream flavours, but if foie gras, ghost pepper, and horse flesh (these are all real BTW) don’t float your boat, glow-in-the-dark ice cream could be your next tasty treat.
Heading to Ireland, Fantastic Flavours is based in Cork’s Youghal. Husband and wife team Miceál O’Hurley and Oksana Shadrina are known for their out-there ice creams and humanitarian efforts, but they’re really upping their game this time.
In the past, Fantastic Flavours has put its name to ice cream pasta and even got in touch with Tom Hanks to film a short for a pair of conjoined twins. Continuing their work to help those less fortunate, O’Hurley and Shadrina are putting their dairy skills to good use.
According to Joe.ie, glow-in-the-dark ice cream will have you ‘screaming’ for more. The creation is called Chernobyl Chunk and the proceeds will reportedly go to victims of 1986’s Chernobyl Disaster. Discussing the bold (and bright move), Miceál explained his brainwave:
“Following the international recognition of the devastation done to Ukraine during the Chernobyl Disaster as depicted in the HBO series Chernobyl my wife Oksana, who is originally from Ukraine, wanted to use the heightened awareness to benefit the victims of the radiation.”
He continued, “So, I dug into my old recipe books and found an old recipe I once used to make ice cream that glows in the dark and Chernobyl Chunk was created.”
Explaining what gives Chernobyl Chunk its unique selling point, Oksana revealed, “The glowing effect comes from using a bit of tonic water. Trace amounts of quinine in tonic water naturally glow in the dark.”
“The result is an all-natural, handmade, artisanal ice cream that glows in the dark, tastes great and the proceeds of which will benefit victims of the Chernobyl Disaster.”
She added how her family was directly affected by the nuclear disaster: “I had family that worked in Pripyat, the town where Chernobyl workers lived…Sadly, some of them died prematurely.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of glow-in-the-dark ice cream. In 2003, a crazy concoction made of jellyfish hit headlines.
Created by Charlie Harry Francis, ‘Lick Me I’m Delicious’ cost £140 a scoop and glowed neon green when licked. Writing on the product’s site, Francis wrote, “But what on earth is it??? It’s glow in the dark jellyfish ice cream using calcium activated proteins that react when they are agitated.”
When asked if it was safe to eat the jellyfish protein, Francis said, “Is it safe to eat? Well I tried some and I don’t seem to be glowing anywhere, so we’ll go with a yes for now.”
If you want to try ou Fantastic Flavours’ glow-in-the-dark ice cream, you’d better book a plane ticket and pick up a tub in time for your Halloween soirée.
[Featured Image: Fantastic Flavours Facebook/Apple]